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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Lecture
Sword: the essence of Japanese art

Saturday 12 July,
13.30–14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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In this lecture, Victor Harris, Keeper emeritus of Japan at the British Museum and Christie’s consultant, discusses the origins and establishment of the Japanese sword over 1,000 years ago as a work of art in its own right. Illustrated by swords from the collection.


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